Hindustan HF-24 Marut

1961

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Hindustan HF-24 Marut

The first prototype flew on June 17, 1961. A total of 147 aircraft were built including 18 two-seat HF-24 Mk 1Ts.

Hindustan HF-24 Marut

Specification 
 MODEL"Marut" Mk.1
 CREW1
 ENGINE2 x HAL/Rolls-Royce Orpheus Mk 703, 21.6kN
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight10908 kg24048 lb
  Empty weight6195 kg13658 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  Wingspan9.0 m30 ft 6 in
  Length15.87 m52 ft 1 in
  Height3.6 m12 ft 10 in
  Wing area28.0 m2301.39 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
  Max. speed1070 km/h665 mph
  Ceiling12000 m39350 ft
  Range800 km497 miles
 ARMAMENT4 x 30mm cannon, 50 x 68mm missiles

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Hindustan HF-24 MarutA three-view drawing (1687 x 1173)

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subraya bhat, e-mail, 01.02.2015 12:13

why did not H.A.L UPGRADE THE MARUT AIRCRAFT. IF it had upgraded the aircraft then itself. our country would have produced so many air crafts by now country would have saved huge foreign exchange.

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KAPIL SINHA, e-mail, 28.11.2014 14:53

HI,EVERYONE.I AM A MODELLER SINCE 15 YEARS,OVER 400 IN MY COLLECTION.CURRENTLY BUILDING ALL THE AIRCRAFTS OF THE INDIAN AIRFORCE SINCE 1936.COMPLETED 21 MODELS .CAN'T LOCATE THE HAL,HF-24 MARUT KIT,DISCONTINUED BY ALLIANCE MODELS IN RESIN OR WARRIOR MODELS IN VACFORM /METAL.CAN ANYONE HELP??
BEST REGARDS,
KAPIL SINHA

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damn, 21.06.2011 06:10

cuando el gobierno del general Peron (1955) fue derrocado, kurt tank emigro a india donde reactivo el proyecto.

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Wg Cdr PS Sanadi (Retd), e-mail, 22.03.2011 07:34

The Winged Spirit - Marut - HF24 was an exceptional aircraft once airborne. The only aircraft to fly cross country at .9M at height, It had a gentlemens cockpit when compared to the Gnat Mk1 and an unbeatable fire power. The Americans had evaluated its airframe for a Mach 2 flight but the Orpheus Mk 703 engine were under powered for the airframe & all up weight. All the same for low level flying it was superb. Had a good long innings of 8 years flying her.

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Mullafez, e-mail, 18.03.2011 07:11

Ace pilot and world war 2 sound engineer Air Marshall Praful Bakshi spoken like a true fighter pilot.This master combat slueth was the terror of the Jodhpur skies.His combat experiences regaled many a mess party.Keep on shooting Sir Bakshi.

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praful bakshi, e-mail, 16.03.2011 09:28

We all agree that Marut could not get a proper power plant because of many politico /economic reasons. However it`s performance after having crossed 280 knots was highly noteworthy, specially during combat. Even against Mig21 it could hold more than it`s own in a stand off dogfight. It`s handling at all speeds specially at extreemly low speeds during combat and at very high speeds at lowlevel were phenomenol. The answer to all this can be best explained by some of our test pilots like groupy Kapil; sir . What I wish to ask the aeronutics types, that given the modern computer technology of 2011 can not this air frame be revived with a better engine. What was so difficult in 1980s can easily be handled now if there is proper planning and political leadership, afterall modification of old airframes is a very common undertaking amongst so many american and europian fighters .

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Barry, 19.11.2010 18:21

The pursuit of the right engine was inevitable. The Orpheus was picked because as it was readily available in India as it was manufactured there under license. Later on they in fact looked at the Egyptian Bradner E300 which had been intended for the Egyptian built Helwan 300, but like that aircraft itself this came to nothing. There was talk of useing the RB199 which would have been more than suitable. However, as noted elsewhere this not unreliable aircraft has given way to the MiG 27, now that really is whole diferent can of worms!

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shbose, e-mail, 25.05.2010 11:19

I think the biggest problem with Marut was its frame. The frame design was not meant for the power of the engines. This resulted in cracks in the frame after some fixed number of sorties.

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Subir, e-mail, 06.05.2010 12:42

The HF-24 gave a good account of itself in the wars with Pakistan 85 and 71.
It was transonic but could carry a fair armament.It had no relation to the Mig-19 or the Shenyang, as it was designed by a team at HAL led by the legendary Dr.Kurt Tank, designer of the FW 190, one of the deadliest Luftwaffe fighters in WW2. Unfortunately the potential of the airframe (Mach2) was not matched by the puny Orpheus engines.

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Bob Lawler, e-mail, 05.03.2010 18:26

This design relies heavily on the Soviet MiG-19 and the Chinese Shenyang J-8.

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Martin Bennett, e-mail, 29.12.2009 02:20

Correction to previous comment regarding HD2, it should have read: HT2 Hindustan Trainer 2. Any info?

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